269 rail stations get CCTV cover under Nirbhaya fund: RailTel

Railway ministry PSU RailTel has said it has set up video-based surveillance of railway stations across 10 zones under the Nirbhaya Fund. So far, 269 stations have been covered and work is continuing at 31 stations. It said tenders for another 456 stations have been invited. This video surveillance (VSS) system is expected to ensure better security of passengers at railway stations and railway property.

The PSU said the centralised security control room for IP-based VSS will display video feeds. “The CCTVs are being networked on optical fibre cable and the video feed is being displayed not only at local RPF posts but also at a centralised CCTV control room at divisional and zonal level. The CCTV cameras of stations and video feeds are being monitored at three levels to ensure enhanced safety,” it said.

RailTel has also provided a Network Management System (NMS) for monitoring of cameras, server, UPS and switches which can be viewed from any web browser by authorised personnel. Puneet Chawla, chief RailTel, said work for the project at 756 stations will be completed by March next year. The video recordings will be stored for 30 days.